Substantial Public Health Risk Project Grants

Purpose:  For projects to address a substantial public health risk from treatment system failure.

Goals of the Program:  To protect public and environmental health by removing direct and continuous discharges of raw sewage from surface or ground water.

Criteria and Eligibility:   The following technical criteria will be used in determining substantial public health risk from a treatment system failure. An applicant must provide a demonstration of financial need, including an economic feasibility study with which the department of treasury concurs.  Projects that meet either items 1 or 2 below shall qualify for grant consideration from a technical standpoint.

  1. Areas with direct and continuous discharges of raw sewage to surface waters or ground waters of the state, or to land. If this involves failing on-site systems or a failing sewerage system, then it must include areas of at least five homes.
  2. Treatment system failures that have direct and continuous discharges that impact or have a high potential for impacting a public drinking water source.

The substantial public health risk for such projects must be confirmed by the DEQ as meeting any of the following:

  1. A signed administrative consent order or consent judgment with the DEQ.
  2. Local health department official order or equivalent determination
  3. For failing wastewater sewage lagoon treatment systems, a determination made by the DEQ based in part on information provided in the “Additional Information for Wastewater Stabilization Lagoons” section of the most recent National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit Application.
  4. DEQ determination that there is an immediate and substantial public health risk under the NREPA.

Application Process: Applications are available from the DEQ. Grants can be awarded on a first come basis.

Nominating Procedures: None

Deadlines: Applications are accepted continually until program funding is exhausted.

Timelines: Grant cycle is determined by individual project needs.

Dollar Amount Available: A grant to an individual system shall not exceed $2,000,000, up to 50% of project costs related to planning, design, and construction of a sewage collection and treatment system.  There is $10,000,000 in total funding available.

Required Match: Up to 50% of eligible project costs can be included in the grant.

Source of Funds: Construction funding under this grant shall not exceed $10,000,000.00 and shall be allocated from wetland mitigation bank funding authorized in section 5204f(1) of the below authority.

Authority: Part 52, Strategic Water Quality Initiatives, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended (NREPA), Section 324.5204e, amended on June 9, 2016

Responsible Division/Office Contact: Water Resource Division, Charlie Hill 906-228-4527